Suit claims Champaign officers used excessive force, covered it up with charges

Suit claims Champaign officers used excessive force, covered it up with charges

CHAMPAIGN — A Chicago attorney whose firm has filed several excessive-force lawsuits against the Champaign Police Department has filed another, alleging that two officers slammed a man into a door in his home last fall without provocation, knocking him out, then concealed their excessive use of force by charging the man with battery to a police officer.

The lawsuit filed by Shneur Nathan of Nathan & Kamionski LLP revolves around a call for an alleged domestic dispute on Oct. 17, 2017, at the apartment of 62-year-old Alton Corey.

The suit says Corey was at home recovering from a medical procedure when officers William Killin and Dillon Holloway knocked on his door about 10:45 p.m. to investigate the report. It says when Corey told them they could not come in, Killin shoved Corey into the apartment, then both officers slammed him face-first into an interior door, causing him to black out and resulting in injuries to his shoulder and face.

The lawsuit claims that the officers then attempted to cover up their excessive use of force by arresting Corey on a preliminary charge of battery to a police officer, but prosecutors later voluntarily dismissed the charge after viewing video from one of the officers' body cameras.

Nathan's federal lawsuit filed Tuesday is asking for a jury trial.

"The lawsuit is not actively seeking what's called injunctive relief, which could be a type of administrative change. That's something the city of Champaign can do on its own," Nathan said. "The problem is not just that certain officers are using unreasonable force. The further problem is this policy allowing officers to conceal their unjustified use of force with resisting, obstructing or battery charges."

Nathan has filed several lawsuits against authorities in Champaign and Vermilion counties, calling it an area in which his firm has "specialty and expertise." He was the attorney of record in several lawsuits against twice-fired former Champaign police Officer Matt Rush.

Champaign Assistant City Attorney Jennifer Bannon said she had not seen the most-recent lawsuit as of early Tuesday afternoon.

Champaign police spokeswoman LaEisha Meaderds said the two officers named in the suit are still with the department and declined to comment further.

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